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Park staffer, NMU student test positive: Response protocols in place

MARQUETTE — A city of Marquette staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, the city announced on Monday. The individual, an employee at the Tourist Park Campground, last reported to work on Wednesday. The city announced it was notified of the positive test result late Sunday afternoon, ...

RETURNING TO SCHOOL: MAPS developing ‘fluid’ plan for coming year

MARQUETTE — Many factors will come into play as Marquette Area Public Schools starts the 2020-21 school year on Sept. 8 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. One thing is for sure though: Parents favor the move back to face-to-face instruction. MAPS Superintendent Bill Saunders told the ...

STILL SWIMMING: Annual event took place Saturday to raise funds for diabetes

NEGAUNEE — The decision to have the 17th annual Swim Teal Lake Benefit for Diabetes was one made after much deliberation and conversation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But Saturday’s fundraising event did take place. The big change that morning was to start all but the “Short-n-Sweet” ...

Michigan wolf population at nearly 700 but leveling off

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan's gray wolves appear to have stabilized at a healthy level three decades after beginning a remarkable comeback in the Upper Peninsula, wildlife officials said Monday. The latest biennial survey conducted this winter estimated the predator species' population at 695, ...

MOVING FORWARD: Lakeshore Boulevard project progresses; portion to open soon

MARQUETTE — Phase one of the Lakeshore Boulevard relocation project in Marquette — which involves elevating the road several feet and bringing it up to 300 feet inland — is moving forward. Work on the stretch of Lakeshore Boulevard between Pine and Wright streets was completed July 17 ...

‘Live at the Mountain’ concert series ongoing

MARQUETTE — While the trail up a mountain situated between Big Bay and Marquette doesn’t make for an easy trek, the soaring voice telling stories in the mountain air can soothe a weary traveler. Birds chirped from the valleys below while picking from local musician Michael Waite’s ...

Washing Washington Street windows for goodwill

MARQUETTE — The late Phil Niemisto was the famous window washer in downtown Marquette, but others are now taking on that duty as an act of service. On Friday morning, a group of missionaries wearing neon vests from St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Houghton came down to volunteer for ...

Enbridge contractor vessels may have bumped pipeline support

TRAVERSE CITY — Recent damage that prompted the temporary shutdown of an Enbridge oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes may have been done by vessels working for the company, according to an in-house report provided Thursday to The Associated Press. Enbridge this week ...

Missing man’s remains found in Alger County

MARQUETTE — A person reported missing from Marinette County, Wisconsin, in June was found dead in Alger County Thursday. The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office reports remains found Thursday have been positively identified as Jimmy Lee Willey, 66, of Beecher, Wisconsin, who was reported ...

Police release name of man killed in Thursday logging truck accident

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a man killed in a logging truck accident early Thursday morning. Killed in the accident was Ted Wayne Strong, 60, of Trout Creek. Strong was the operator and owner of the logging truck. He had stopped on the side ...

Preparing for launch

MARQUETTE — A “home run.” That’s the phrase Marquette County Board of Commissioners Chair Gerry Corkin used to describe the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association’s decision to choose a location north of the city of Marquette for its vertical spaceport launch site. Officials ...

NMU prepares for COVID-19 testing

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University’s Health Center will conduct COVID-19 molecular testing for students, faculty and staff in advance of the Aug. 17 fall semester kickoff. Under clinical supervision, individuals will complete a shallow swipe of their nostrils and place the short ...

Fact finding: Township partners with LSWP for research grant opportunity

MARQUETTE — Marquette Township is in the infancy stages of pursuing watershed grant funding from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy in 2021. The Marquette Township Board voted unanimously Tuesday to give Michael Springer, who chairs the Marquette Township ...

Webinar to help local businesses navigate COVID-19

MARQUETTE — InvestUP, the Lake Superior Community Partnership and local economic partners from across the region are providing an informational webinar as a resource for any Upper Peninsula business as they continue to see requirements from the state of Michigan relating to workplace safety ...

Michigan lawmakers start approving plan for $2B budget gap

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers began approving a plan Wednesday to address a $2.2 billion state budget hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic, relying on a mix of federal funding, the state’s cash reserves and budget cuts. Legislators meeting for a joint session of the House and Senate ...

Fresh Coast Film Festival canceled

MARQUETTE — Another major event has been canceled: The Fresh Coast Film Festival, which will not take place because of ongoing concerns and restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The FCFF board made the announcement on Tuesday. The festival, which features outdoors-related ...